Three exciting matches have been lined up for Saturday in the Zifa Buscod Southern Region Division One Soccer League as the race for the championship hots up.
Pacesetters Quelaton travel to the coal-mining town of Hwange where they make a date with third-placed Hwange Juniors. Quelaton lead the log with three points.
Former Premiership side Railstars are in second position and are seeking to maintain their stay at the top of the log.
Quelaton coach Thulani Sibanda is on record saying he is wary of small teams and Saturday might spell a bad day for him as Hwange Juniors have claimed the scalps of Bantu Rovers and ZPC Hwange.
Striker Amani Makiwa, sought after by Premiership sides in the region, will have to prove a point in the coal-mining town on Saturday afternoon.
Hwange Juniors are under the tutelage of Brian Njobvu, who has been assistant to Premiership Hwange coaches Tennant Chilumba and Nation Dube. Second-placed Railstars, who boast strikers in former Highlanders’ Leanance Mpofu and Ashton Mhlanga, entertain Power Cosmos at Raylton Sports Club.
Coach Mandla Mpofu also has experienced goalkeeper Maurani Phiri in his ranks. Power Cosmos, who also hail from Hwange, are on position four on the log-standings, neck-to-neck with Railstars and Hwange Juniors on 20 points.
Bantu Rovers and New West City, who have both amassed 19 points and are in position five and six respectively, lock horns at Luveve Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tshintsha Guluva still have the bulk of their players from the Premiership including former Warriors midfielder Johannes Ngodzo and ex-Highlanders midfielder Richard Choruma.
The Victoria Falls United and Makokoba City Warriors match pencilled for the resort town hangs in the balance as both teams are yet to make part-payment commitment to Zifa in affiliation fees.
Zifa Southern Region treasurer Tawanda Ruzive on Thursday said both clubs have not honoured their commitment to pay their dues as agreed.
In other matches, Makhandeni Pirates play Black Boots at White City Stadium tomorrow while
Ntabazinduna take on Zambezi Lions in Victoria Falls on Sunday.
Mpumalanga host How Mine as ZPC Hwange entertain Power Cosmos in the coal-mining town on Saturday.